How Mid-Michigan celebrates Juneteenth
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - It is the 17th year of Juneteenth celebrations in Michigan, but it was only recognized as a federal holiday in 2021.
The holiday celebrates the end of slavery in the confederate-aligned states. Over the years, Juneteenth has also become a celebration of Black culture. Kimberly Milton-Mackey is a community activist. She says she’s finally seeing reform in the Lansing community.
“People are finally waking up,” she said. “These things have never happened and I’ve been working for the county for over 25 years.”
She said this generation has a new hunger for change. People like Myles Johnson, who advocates for the Black community through his work.
Johnson said, “I started my company on Juneteenth to represent freedom, and I think that’s what the holiday itself represents. The freedom of mind, body and spirit.”
Milton-Mackey said that, although we’ve come far, he believes there is still a long way to go.
This weekend’s Juneteenth events include:
- June 16 - Kick off ceremony with Judge Shauna Dunnings. A comedy show kicks off the weekend at 8:30 p.m. at the Robin Theatre in REO Town.
- June 17 - Afrofuturism @ Breslin 4:30 p.m.
- June 17 - Festival in St. Joseph Park 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- June 18 – Festival in St. Joseph Park noon – dusk
- June 19 – Jazz Night at the Cadillac Room
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